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February 14, 2014, 12:15 PM

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Mayumi Negishi / Wall Street Journal:
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten to buy voice-call app maker Viber for $900 million  —  Rakuten to Buy Voice-Call App Maker Viber  —  Japanese e-commerce Giant to Spend $900 million  —  TOKYO—Japan's Rakuten Inc. said it will acquire call-application maker Cyprus-based Viber Media Inc …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Exclusive Interview: Rakuten's Mikitani Calls $900 Million He Paid for Viber a “No-Brainer”  —  “This is a no-brainer,” was the first thing that Hiroshi Mikitani, co-founder and CEO of Japan's online commerce giant Rakuten, said to me in his first interview after he spent $900 million in cash to buy messaging app Viber.
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google working on 10 gigabit Internet speeds  —  Project to develop ‘next generation’ of the Internet is part of Google's broader obsession with speed, CFO says  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google is working on technology that will provide data transfer speeds over the Internet that are many times faster …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Now There's a Federal Bill to Require a Smartphone “Kill Switch”  —  Following on the heels of a California bill, four Democratic senators on Thursday proposed a federal law that would require those that make cellular devices to equip them with the ability to be permanently deactivated if stolen.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Silk Road 2.0 ‘Hack’ Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen  —  The same bug that has plagued several of the biggest players in the Bitcoin economy may have just bitten the Silk Road.  —  On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market site's administrators posted …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Former Groupon Product SVP Jeff Holden Joins Uber As Chief Product Officer  —  Well that was fast.  Just a few days after it was revealed that Groupon product chief Jeff Holden was leaving the daily deals giant to join a “Bay Area tech company,” we now know where he has landed.
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Thousands of Tesco.com customer accounts suspended after hacker attack  —  More than 2,000 leaked usernames and passwords forced the retailer to suspend online shopping accounts  —  Tesco has been forced to deactivate online customer accounts after thousands of login details, including passwords, were posted online.
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
Bit9 buys Carbon Black, raises $38.25M to boost its enterprise security offering  —  Bit9 Buys Carbon Black, Gets $38M to Try to Win Security Arms Race  —  2014 is shaping up to be the year of cybersecurity.  Or lack thereof.  —  It seems every week we hear about a new data breach or major hacking operation.
Lisa Jennings / Nation's Restaurant News:
Taco Bell testing mobile ordering for in-store pickup, will roll out nationally this year  —  Taco Bell to offer mobile ordering nationwide  —  Taco Bell is preparing to roll out mobile ordering nationwide later this year, a move that will likely fuel a trend expected to shake up the quick-service world.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
PlayStation 4 beat Xbox One for January console sales, but Xbox One sold more games  —  Sony and Microsoft are both trumpeting market share wins from NPD's January US gaming data.  Sony declared its PlayStation 4 the top-selling console last month, while Microsoft took credit for selling the most games.

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